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Keith Murray
Birth name Keith Murray
Born September 13, 1974 (1974-09-13) (age 35)
Origin Central Islip, New York
Genres Hip Hop
Years active 1991–present
Labels E1 Entertainment

Keith Murray (born September 13, 1974) is a rapper and a member of the rap trio Def Squad, which includes fellow rappers Redman and Erick Sermon.

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Music career

Before Murray ever recorded an album, he battled Big Daddy Kane. At that time, Murray went by the name of MC Do Damage. Murray did not win the battle, but he did earn the respect of Kane. Later, Murray would be introduced to Erick Sermon of EPMD by K-Solo. Sermon would feature Murray on his album No Pressure on the single "Hostile". Murray quickly established himself as one of the most creative lyricists in the industry with his first album The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World, released in 1994 on Jive Records. The title track from this album remains Murray's biggest solo hit. This album was given 4 mics by The Source.

Murray's second album Enigma was released in 1996 on Jive. It received similar ratings from critics, but it was not quite as commercially successful as the previous album. In 1998, The Def Squad covered "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang. They would later release their own album, El Niño. Murray's third album It's a Beautiful Thing was released in 1999 while he was in prison. Like the previous album, it received relatively good reviews, but it showed yet another drop in sales. Murray also appeared on the song "Home Alone" by R. Kelly. In 2001, Murray's return to the music industry was announced with a memorable verse on "Fatty Girl." This song was featured on The Good Life, a compilation of songs for Fubu.

While he was in prison, Murray began writing for his next solo album. Upon his release, he would leave Jive and sign with Def Jam. He's Keith Murray was released in 2003. Murray claims to have chosen this title because the album represents him, but many fans saw it as an obvious attempt at crossover success because of singles like "Candy Bar" featuring Patti Austin. The album also featured the single "Yeah, Yeah U Know It." This song has guest appearances from fellow Def Squad members Redman and Erick Sermon. Murray dedicated "Christina" to his sister. That same year, Murray was featured on the video game Def Jam Vendetta.

He released his fifth solo album Rap-Murr-Phobia on July 31, 2007. It debuted at number 52 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 13,000 copies in its first week.[1] The lead single is "Nobody Do It Better" featuring Tyrese & Junior.

Keith Murray's vocals/crowd hyping appears on the song "Elektrobank" by The Chemical Brothers from their album Dig Your Own Hole. On The Infamous, Prodigy made remarks about rappers who rap about "smoking weed" and talk about "space shit"[9]. Def Squad took offense but the feud was settled when Prodigy and Keith Murray met at a video shoot[9]. The feud was rekindled when Prodigy again referenced "space shit" in his appearance on LL Cool J's "I Shot Ya" which also featured Murray. Murray saw Prodigy at a club one night and punched him[9]. Prodigy recalled the altercation and threatened Murray in the song "In the Long Run" on Hell on Earth. Murray released a song "Call My Name" on his Enigma album dissing Mobb Deep. The feud seemed to die down until Prodigy dissed Murray again in his 2004 song "Bad Blood." Murray has responded with numerous songs since[9].

Discography

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Studio albums

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The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World
  • Released: November 8, 1994
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #34
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #5
  • Sales: 465,000 Units[citation needed]
  • Last RIAA Certification: Gold
  • Singles: "The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World"/"Herb Is Pumpin'", "Get Lifted"
Enigma
  • Released: November 26, 1996
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #39
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #6
  • Sales: 300,000 Units[citation needed]
  • Singles: "The Rhyme"/"Yeah"
It's A Beautiful Thing
  • Released: January 12, 1999
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #39
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #9
  • Sales: 150,000 Units[citation needed]
  • Singles: "Incredible"
He's Keith Murray
  • Released: April 29, 2003
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #40
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #11
  • Sales: 60,000 Units[citation needed]
  • Singles: "Yeah Yeah U Know It"/"Oh my goodness","Candy Bar"
Rap-Murr-Phobia (The Fear of Real Hip-Hop)
  • Released: July 31, 2007
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #52
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #7
  • Singles: "Nobody Do It Better" feat. Tyrese & Junior, "Weeble Wobble," "Hustle On"

Mixtapes

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Intellectual Violence
  • Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Singles: "Pen Life"

Compilations

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The Most Beautifullest Hits
  • Released: August 10, 1999
  • Label: Jive

References

  1. ^ Hasty, Katie. "Common Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200", Billboard.com, August 8, 2007

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